Maggiano's was our host venue for our June event. If you missed it, check out who was there and what you missed!
Want to reach our vendors? Here are the details on how to shop with them!
We thank all of our wonderful vendors for participating and everyone that came out to participate! If you are interested in being a vendor at future event, contact Annapolis@housewivesinthecity.com
We would also like to thank our amazing venue! Great food, drink and service!
So I know you guys have seen how I'm trying to live right and eat all the right things right....well some things just can't be avoided! I love a good brunch! I have been hearing about Miss Shirley's for a few years now but never got around to trying it out myself. I was so excited when they invited me to come try it out..how could I resist?
Remember how I said I love brunch....well I don't know why it took me so long to get here, when I saw the menu it was like brunch heaven! I mean first things first, every good brunch requires a good drink to start right? Mimosa's are my fave and they pulled out all the stops. It looked delish before I even had a chance to try it out!
They have so many options on the menu, it took my girlfriend and I several minutes to focus and pick something! You can't just come here once, clearly this requires more than one visit to really get the experience! They have tons of options for Omelettes, Pancakes and Waffles! Sandwiches and even Salads (if you must LOL).
We started with the BBQ Chicken Deviled Eggs and Fried Green Tomatoes w/ Crab...of course!
I am not a fan of deviled eggs, but these looked so good I had to try one off of my girlfriends plate! They were so tasty, the BBQ chicken on top gave it an amazing flavor! I love love love...did I say I LOVE Fried Green Tomatoes (no, not the movie!) and then they gave me an option to add crab! It was an amazing combo! There was just the right amount of lump crab to satisfy my craving because truth be told I would eat crab all day every day if I had the option!
Our main course was not easy to narrow down, I promise you! We decided to go with the Shrimp and Grits and the Crab Happy Chesapeake Chicken Sammy. We were not disappointed at all! The display alone of the shrimp and grits made you want to jump right in! The Crab Happy Chesapeake Chicken Sammy is a sandwich with a crab cake, fried pickle, fried egg and chicken sausage. I told you I love crab...I was NOT expecting this sandwich to have a full crab cake that was all meat no filler on top. It was amazing and fried pickles too! It was a tasty combination of flavors that will leave your mouth watering! I couldn't finish the whole sandwich...the second half was just as good later!
With our stomach's full we vowed that this would not be our last visit to Miss Shirley's! There were way too many other goodies on the menu calling our name to try! This place definitely tops the list for breakfast or brunch! Check out some more photos of what's on the menu, I promise you don't want to miss out!
Miss Shirley's Cafe
1 Park Place
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ok, calm down! I'm not kicking them out for good! During the summer when I was a kid it was rare that I was in the house. On the days when I did want to lounge around my mom was quick to give us an alternative- stay inside and clean or go outside and play! Now that I think about it maybe that's why we were outside so much!
None the less, here I am all grown up with two kids and it's summer time. Well I don't know if it's just my kids or what but I have to practically drag them outside on any given day. I have tried my mom's threat and ended up with 4 clean bathrooms and freshly mopped floors. Don't get me wrong...it was a nice break for me but what kid would rather clean than go outside!!?? Mine, especially my son. He will do anything to play that stinking video game of his even if it means cleaning. I have decided that this summer, I am kicking them out. Am I the only parent who is sick of so much screen time? I have so many great memories as a kid of the adventures we would go on with our bikes, the games we would play (OUTSIDE!), or even just finding my favorite spot to pack a lunch and read my favorite book.
So Mom's out there, help me out if you have better ideas or get on board and kick your kids out too!! I refuse to let my kids only childhood memory be what video game they played or what TV show they watched!
Keep an eye out, I will be sure to share my journey because I'm dedicated to getting these kids outside more and making some real childhood memories!
Sidenote- The lovely artwork is compliments of my daughter when she got kicked out yesterday..LOL
Our next event is approaching on May 17th at UR Burger in Edgewater and we wanted to make sure you didn't miss out on our April event if you weren't able to make it!
Here are the details of our April event! Make sure you check out our amazing vendors as well as our venue!
Our April Charity was Success in Style. Thank you to everyone who brought in business attire we were able to collect a nice amount of clothing for the organization! Success in Style is operated by Jeannette Kendall and a devoted group of staff and volunteers, they train men and women on job interview etiquette and provide them with some of the basics to a work-ready and work-appropriate wardrobe.
One avenue of funding Success in Style employs is its subsidiary, Charity's Closet. Charity's Closet is a secondhand store that sells men's and women's bags, shoes, accessories, and clothing - and all for just $5!!!!
You may have missed the event but it's not too late to check out our vendors! Here are all the vendors that participated and how to reach them.
Christine from Lipsense has that long lasting lipstick in all the hot colors!
Special thank you to our amazing photographer Heather!
Thank you to our outstanding venue! You are missing out if you haven't checked them out yet!
We held our March Girls Night Out event at Gordon Biersch and had an awesome time. The apps and drinks we awesome. I also stopped by on a separate occasion to have dinner and was not disappointed!
I started off with a Peach Martini this light-bodied drink was not too sweet and a perfect mix of flavor. My friend had the Pineapple Margarita which had a fresh fruit element to it that made it very refreshing! For appetizers we had Blue Crab & Artichoke Dip as well as the Southwest Egg-rolls.
I am very picky when it comes to anything crab related, as crab is probably my favorite thing to eat! This crab dip passed the test, there was a good amount of meat and I liked that we had options to dip. The Southwest egg-rolls are a blend of chicken, black beans, corn, roasted red peppers, onion, carrots, zucchini and pepper jack cheese and were so tasty! For dinner we had the Grilled Wild Caught Salmon and the Gorgonzola Rib-eye. The salmon had a robust flavor and is brushed with herb butter and light beer. The steak was perfectly tender and the Gorgonzola butter on top made your mouth water!
Finally dessert, we ordered the bread pudding. This was my friend's idea as I am not usually a fan of bread pudding. But when I saw it come out and the smell of it tickled my nose, I knew I had to give it a go. Let's just say I had more than one bite!! And they have made me a fan of bread pudding. This is a must try even if you are not usually a fan. I promise you will love it!
The next time you are in the Annapolis Town Center area, make sure you stop by!
1906 Towne Centre Blvd
Annapolis, MD 21401
If you weren't able to make our event in March at Gordon Biersch here is a listing of our amazing vendors, make sure to check them out!
Our charity partner for the March event was For 3 Sisters which started in 2011 by retired Maryland career firefighter, Marshall Moneymaker, and his wife, Shannon Moneymaker after Marshall lost three older sisters to breast cancer. For 3 Sisters’ mission is to raise awareness and improve the quality of life for men and women affected by breast cancer.
Here is the list of vendors that participated. Click on the links to contact them or get more information.
Special Thank You to our amazing photographer!
If you haven't checked out our pictures from our events click here to see!
Thank you to Gordon Biersch for having us! If you haven't been they have an amazing menu!
1906 Towne Centre Blvd
Annapolis, MD 21401
Maggiano's has been one of my favorite spots for Italian food for some time now. They always have great portions and the food is amazing. I only recently discovered that on the menu they have deals where you order a dish to eat in the restaurant and you get a second to take home. You can't beat that deal!
This past weekend my girlfriend and I decided it was time for a girls day out. So we decided to check out the new brunch at Maggiano's that way we could grab a bite and do some shopping! We went in around Noon and they weren't overly crowded so we were able to sit right away. However, before we ordered our food we noticed the place had packed up fairly quickly. We took forever to order because we were so busy chatting it up. When we finally took a look at the menu, it was tough trying to decide what to order because there were several tasty sounding options.
What is a girls brunch without a tasty drink right!? We opted for the Peach Bellini's which they also offer in a frozen version. We went for the non-frozen option and they were full of flavor. While waiting for our order they also provided us two mini cakes. They were kind of like a coffee cake texture and sweet.
For our meals, I went with the Chicken and Waffles and my friend ordered the crab cake, which comes with a poached egg but they gave her the option to change the way the eggs were cooked so she went with scrambled. In Maggiano's fashion, the portions were plentiful even for brunch!
The presentation definitely matched the taste. The chicken and waffles included 4 pieces of chicken in a batter that reminded me of funnel cake batter. It blended well with the waffles and syrup. The crab cake dish came with two crab cakes which were more crab meat than filler. The potatoes were seasoned with perfection. Both meals were way to much for us to eat in one sitting so we had leftovers to take home. I am looking forward to going back to try some of the other options on the menu, this is certainly a brunch you want to check out! The full brunch menu is served Saturday and Sunday until 3 pm. Make sure you let them know the Housewives of Annapolis sent you!
Maggiano's Little Italy
2100 Annapolis Mall Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401
Last week we held our Annapolis Housewives GNO Launch event at Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar in Annapolis. Some of you were not able to attend so we wanted to make sure you were still able to check out our awesome vendors that participated in the event!
First I would like to thank our charity partner and give a special thanks to those who brought in items for them to collect!
Thank You to our lovely photographer!
Make sure you check out our amazing venue if you have never been before!!
1905 Towne Centre Blvd
Annapolis, MD 21401
Paladar is a Latin American restaurant with a cuisine inspired by Central & South America, Cuba and the Latin Caribbean. It is located inside Annapolis Towne Centre near the free valet parking. I love the decor of this place it reminds me of somewhere in Cuba with the colorful walls and booths to the funky unique lighting.
On more than one occasion, I have stopped in to partake in the daily happy hour. My personal favorite drink is the Mango-Cilantro Margarita, sounds like a crazy combination right?? But it tastes so good!
Over the weekend I stopped in to have dinner rather than Happy Hour. We decided to try some new things since we had never had dinner here before. For drinks we ordered a Rum Punch and a Pomegranate - Ginger Margarita. Once again the drinks did not disappoint! Our waitress who was super helpful, let us know that with the fresh guacamole you can add additional items like Jalapenos, Mango, Shrimp and even BACON! There were several other options but we decided on shrimp and it was yummy! We can't wait to go back and try a different combo!
For starters we had the Braised Beef Ropa Vieja and Jerk Chicken Skewers. Both were absolutely scrumptious! The Jerk Skewers have a mango jerk sauce that gives it a sweet and spicy taste.
Our main course ended up being the next days lunch because we stuffed ourselves on starters! We ordered the 21-DAY Dry Aged Skirt Steak Churrasco and the Mojo Marinated Sockeye Salmon. The skirt steak comes with chimichurri (Chimichurri is a popular South American sauce that generally accompanies meat) and the flavors pop in your mouth! The salmon was out of this world, you can taste the season of the marinade in every bite. All and all we were delighted to discover that Happy Hour wasn't the only thing this place has to offer. We would recommend Paladar to anyone looking for great drinks and apps or for a great dinner dining experience.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favorite holidays. It's the the time of year where my family gets a chance to come together. I have a rather large family and we are spread out over the east coast so I love when we get a chance to spend some time. For me the holidays are about traditions. Some of those traditions are based around food!! Another reason to love the holidays! I started making this apple pie cheesecake a few years ago for Thanksgiving and Christmas and it has since become a tradition. As delicious as it is, it doesn't seem right baking it any other time of year. Even those who are not usually a fan of cheesecake love it. So I'm breaking tradition and sharing the recipe. Give it a try you are going to love it!!
10 graham crackers sheets, finely crushed (1 1/3 cups)
2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb granny smith apples, finely chopped*
2 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Salted caramel sauce
For the crust:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Pour in butter and using a fork, stir until evenly moistened. Press evenly into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated oven 5 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool.
For the streusel:
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, quick oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add cold butter and using fingertips, rub butter into dry mixture until it comes together it small crumbles and pieces of butter are no longer visible. Transfer to refrigerator while preparing apples and filling.
For the filling:
In a bowl, toss chopped apples with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-low speed, cream together cream cheese with sugar just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, then blend in sour cream and vanilla.
To assemble cheesecake:
Pour cheesecake batter evenly over crust. Pour apples evenly over cheesecake layer, then finish by sprinkling the streusel over top. Bake in preheated oven 25-30 minutes until filling is set. Cool at room temperature 30 minutes, then transfer to fridge and chill 3 hours. Serve with caramel sauce.